Points of interest and related facilities and services
Related facilities and services
As Australia’s cycling capital, Canberra knows how to support cycists through a range of related facilities and services, as well as hosting a range of national attractions and points of interest.
Learn to Ride Centres
Learn to Ride Centres for children are located at Lake Ginninderra in Canberra’s north and Lake Tuggeranong in the south. The ACT Learn to Ride centres have the look and feel of a real road environment and are a safe space for young cyclists to learn riding skills. They include everything you would expect to see out in our suburbs, such as footpaths, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, line markings and road signs.
The centres are intended for children from preschool to year 4 and provide a non-threatening and fun environment where kids can learn all the basics from how to safely cross the road through to independent and confident riding on their own bike. They are also suitable for children with broad ranging skills and needs, including children with additional needs.
The Learn to Ride centres contributes to improving road safety for vulnerable road users by providing a controlled environment to educate and practice how to ride bicycles safely.
BMX Pump tracks
Pump Tracks in and around Canberra are located at Stromlo Forest Park, and the Scar, off Southbar Road at Karabar near Queanbeyan. There are dirt jumps in Gungahlin in Canberra’s north, and on the southern end of Yerrabi Pond, with an adjacent large children’s adventure playground, toilets, covered BBQ area, skate park and a 5km loop around the Yerrabi Pond.
Velodromes – Narrabundah; Queanbeyan
Canberra and the region has two main Velodrome tracks: Narrabundah and Queanbeyan.
The Narrabundah Velodrome is located off Goyder Street at the end of Kyeema Street. It is a concrete cycling track that is suitable for training purposes only, as the transitions are too steep to enable safe use for group racing. It has a pavilion with canteen, change rooms and toilets. Bookings are required for access.
There is also a publicly open, outdoor velodrome at Queanbeyan, located in a mature parkland setting at the Brad Haddin Oval (Town Park). The Park, off Campbell Street, forms a crucial hub of physical activity for the local community.
The main criterium circuit in the Canberra region is located at Stromlo Forest Park. The 1.2km loop hosts events, and is used by families and children learning to ride, build confidence and learn skills as well as by athletes training. Common courtesy and consideration is required by all users, in recognition that it is a public track for multiple use. If you are not the first on the track, then please ensure that you ride in whichever direction other users are already going. This is for everyone’s safety.
Ok, we know it's not cycling; but we also know many cyclists are also keen runners - or have other family and friends who are runners.
Canberra boasts six different Parkrun locations at Ginninderra, Mt Ainslie, Tuggeranong, Lake Burley Griffin, Weston Creek (Coombs) and Gungahlin (Yerrabi Pond). The global Parkrun phenomenon is a weekly 5km timed run/walk on a Saturday morning. It’s family friendly. You can take the dog, run with a pram, walk the entire length of the course, it’s a great way to be a part of the local community if you’re not a cyclist (or even if you are!). In surrounding regions are parkrun locations at Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Cowra, Jindabyne, Bega and Merimbula.
Points of Interest
As the National Capital, Canberra is home to a vast array of the country's key national attractions and institutions, the majority of which can be easily accessed by bike, and located primarily around the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. A list of our recommendations is below.
Image credits to: Damian Breach for VisitCanberra, VisitCanberra, Delly Carr, Nick Payne Canberra Cycling Club, (C) aurora images, and jinkyart.com.au